Esperance Edge Al Ahly to win Third Caf Champions League Crown

Esperance de Tunis have been crowned 2018 Caf Champions League champions following a 3-0 (4-3 on aggregate) win over Al Ahly at the Stade Olympique de Radès on Friday evening.

Saad Beguir bagged a brace for the Tunisian giants before Anice Badri sealed a perfect display in the second-leg of the final, following a 3-1 defeat to their North African counterparts at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria last weekend.

Needing only a big win to take the day, the hosts began the stronger side and dominated the early exchanges in Radès, with the ‘Red Devils’ happy to sit back and soak up all the pressure – a tactic that backfired.

The pressure eventually paid off for Esperance right on the cusp of halftime as Beguir struck home following a swift move down the right flank.

The Tunisian attacker latched onto a square ball from Badri – showcasing superb strength and composure – before poking the ball past an onrushing Ahmed El Shenawy to send the home fans into delirium.

Beguir completed his brace in the 54th minute, heading home following a pin-point cross from the right to take the Tunisians in front on the away goals rule.

The pressure didn’t let up as Esperance continued to dominate proceedings and push forward for a third, and Badri extinguished any Al Ahly hopes of a record-extending ninth CafCL crown with a superb solo effort in the 86th minute to seal a third CafCL title for Esperance.

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